Author: Harper Lee
Age Rating: Young Adult
Star Rating: 5/5
I think the most striking thing about this fantastic book is the characters. Each and every character, is at first so dark and mysterious, and I love how the author ao tactfully and effectively leaves the reader to discover their true personalities, for themselves, as they unfold throughout the story. Also: Harper Lee doesn’t decide what the reader’s reaction should be, at the end of each description – she supplies just enough detail for her audience to create their own thoughts and feelings on a certain character, phrase or location.
The narrator of this story is a tomboy nicknamed Scout – her real name is Jean Finch, and throughout the book, she recalls three years of her childhood (1933-35), living with her brother Jem, and father: Atticus, in “the tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama. The story gets moving straight away, and within the first few pages, Scout and Jem have befriended Dill, an imaginative young boy who is visiting his Aunt, who lives next door to the Finches. We hear of the children’s burning curiosity and suspicions about a neighbour – “Boo” Radley, as the children call him. He had apparently, not been seen for many years, and the entire surrounding community was fascinated by his strange lifestyle.
In the following chapters, we see Scout, and her troubles to settle down at School, which makes interesting reading – during which we learn more about some of the Finches neighbours and their peculiar habits and antics. We are also introduced to the school teacher: Miss Caroline Fisher, who I became quite annoyed with! I think at one point, she became so offended by a pupil’s comment, that she sat down to cry, and the class gathered round her to comfort, which was quite amusing.
Anyway, after two summers of friendship with Dill, the mystery surrounding “Boo” Radley descends once again, as small gifts and tokens begin to appear in a much-visited tree outside Radley’s place.
A fascinating tale of friendship, downfalls, and history. I haven’t finished it yet, but I am very much enjoying this thoroughly engaging and enthralling read. I am fascinated by the character’s and curious about the story’s outcome. I look forward to reading on…